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'We are disgusted': Thieves steal piggy bank of donations from town boxing club

PUBLISHED: 11:06 22 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:06 22 October 2019

Aylsham Boxing Club. Picture: Aylsham Boxing Club

Aylsham Boxing Club. Picture: Aylsham Boxing Club

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A piggy bank of donations, children's coats and boxing gloves were part of a haul stolen from a boxing club.

Thieves also took more than £1,000 worth of tools, sports bag, and a safe containing cash in the break-in at the Drill Hall - the home of Aylsham Boxing Club - at 4.03pm on Monday, October 21.

Coach Rob Wright, said: "They broke into our club and stole our safe, a piggy bank full of donations, subs, children's coats and sports bags, gloves and tools that were left at the club to help with ongoing jobs.

"We struggle to help keep the kids off the street. I can't stress how disgusted we all are at what has happened. If anybody is offered Makita battery drills and chargers, boxing gloves, kids coats and sports bags please let us know."

When the incident occurred there was nobody on the premisses, but Mr Wright did not close the club for it's evening boxing session.

Mr Wright said: "It would not have been fair to the children, some of them travel 10 or 15 miles to the club. Why should they have to suffer for something that isn't their fault.

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"I didn't tell anybody about it when the turned up, but I put a post on Facebook afterwards and my phone hasn't stopped pinging.

"I can't thank everybody enough for their kind words and support."

The club, which has been running since 1985 and is made up of experienced coaches and helps keep children off the streets.

All of the staff are volunteers and the club have very little money to spend on new equipment.

Mr Wright has set up a GoFundMe page. He said: "Boxing provides a vehicle for fitness, wellbeing, confidence, skill development and social interaction. Please help us keep this amazing asset within the heart of the community.

"We are meeting the forensics team at the club today [Tuesday, October 22], I will keep everyone updated with any progress."

To donate to the GoFundMe page visit: https://tinyurl.com/y6dvo8ro

A Norfolk Police spokesperson said enquires were ongoing and asked anyone who witnessed anything to contact police on 101.

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